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Over 1,000 Nigerians stranded in UK over fake employment – IOM


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International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a United Nations Migration Agency, has warned potential migrants to be wary of a syndicate, that specialises in giving fake employment letters to Nigerians seeking to work in the United Kingdom.

IOM said no fewer than 1,000 Nigerians have been deceived with unexciting job opportunities in the UK.

While addressing a press conference on Monday, Laurent De Boeck, IOM’s chief of mission to Nigeria, said the victims of these fraud have lost close to $10,000 each, adding that many of them have not returned home because of “shame”.

He said they are currently stranded in the UK because some of them lacked the means to come back home.

“There are some of them who lost over $10,000 only to be given fake employment letters which allowed them to get visas. They get there, present the letters and the organisations would tell them that the letters did not emanate from the organisations. Over a thousand people are affected,” he stated.

Speaking further, De Boeck noted that IOM was working with partners to repatriate thousands of persons, including Nigerians, from Tunisia, which had recently placed a ban on migration.

He said the IOM was working extensively with Italy to develop regular pathways for qualified Nigerians and that it would also engage other countries like Spain, Belgium, France and others.


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